Today we spent a couple of hours in a basement in Newton Heath, North Manchester, looking through literally 1000's & 1000's of vinyls, picture discs, cassettes and 8 tracks. The collection belongs to George Davenport and is all his Pandemonium Record Shopstock.
There's a bewildering amount of music and despite being checked by collectors over the years, more vinyl than you could look through (let alone listen to) in a day, week or even month. The place isn't open to the public but you can make an appointment to browse, although not necessarily buy. Unfortunately for both George and the amazing music archive that's stored there he is facing eviction and the stock will be destroyed, lost forever. George is at a loss as what to do and the landlord seems to be set at getting him to leave, with no other option. The building is old and badly kept meaning there's alot of water damage to the stock already (we saw 100's of 1930s jazz shellac 12's in a terrible state...)
Some friends at production company Tunafish Mediaare in the process of making a documentary about vinyl obsessive’s, with George featuring amongst others, which they hope will draw attention to the cause and hopefully find a solution to what will potentially be, a massive loss of an amazing music archive...any ideas? Get in touch if you'd like to know more or could help George with a storage solution.
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